DutchRailnut wrote:only reason the railroad wants the branch is not for railroad but for storage of tank cars , something outside scope of what state park lands are for.
add to that the questionable stability of Saratoga and North Creek (aka Iowa pacific) it is no surprise NYS is objecting to bankrupt Iowa Pacific storage of cars that may or may never be moved.
This is the EXACT misinformation "Fake News" that the environmental extremists are putting out. Yes, Iowa Pacific has some financial issues. That has been publicized all over. But the S&NC is still an active operation with a potential future. The train to Christmas Town did pretty well considering you had to drive into Stony Creek to ride it. It brought a decent number of tourists into that part of Warren County at a slow time of year. This is exactly why Warren County purchased this track. And S&NC is serving a good purpose.
The tailings are still up at Tahawus and even though there are many who believe they are of no value, they do have value as a construction material and what someone pays for them has nothing to do with collecting transport fees. If the tailings were given away S&NC would make the same fee as if they were sold. As long as tracks go to Tahawus, the potential exists to move the tailings out by rail. Stone is being moved from Comstock, NY by rail and barge so the market exists for stone from that general area. While S&NC waits for an opportunity to move tailings, they want to earn some money by storing cars on sidings and yard tracks. Not a big deal since this is private property hidden from view.
If Cuomo is REALLY interested in the appearance of the Adirondack Park, he should be focused on cleaning up the mine site at Tahawus by moving out the tailings by rail and then setting up a passenger train to take hikers into the back country like the Alaska RR does.